Poor Al: Antarctica has been cooling and sea ice extent has been at or near record extent in past few summers’
Climate Depot 
February 3, 2012
Al Gore’s trek to Antarctica with global warming activists Richard Branson , NASA’s James Hansen  and Climategate’s Kevin Trenberth  among many others, is designed to alarm the public that somehow something is amiss there. Gore is warning of a melting continent.
“The ice on land is melting at a faster rate and large ice sheets are moving toward the ocean more rapidly. As a result, sea levels are rising worldwide,” Gore wrote on January 31 during his visit to Antarctica. [See: Gore in Antarctica! Warns of rapid melting and rising seas!  See more reports on Gore’s Antarctic trip here .]
But beginning on page 7, Climate Depot’s A-Z Climate Reality Check  makes a mockery of Gore and company’s claims. The vast majority of Antarctica is cooling and gaining ice, according to recent peer-reviewed studies and data. As for sea levels, Gore is apparently clueless on the latest sea level data. See: European Space Agency global sea level reveals ‘two year long decline was continuing, at a rate of 5mm per year’ & ‘ In August 2011, NASA announced that global sea level was dropping and was ‘a quarter of an inch lower than last summer.’  [See related Gore reports: Climate Depot’s Point-By-Point Rebuttal to Gore’s Highbrow Scientific Arguments  & Greens Give Gore 2 Thumbs Down: Gore’s climate ‘reality’ show faces strongly negative reviews from his fellow global warming activists ]
ANTARCTIC: The Antarctic  sea ice  extent has been at or near record  extent in past few summers and the ice has been expanding. Antarctica is failing to follow the predictions of man-made global warming activists.
Veteran Polar Scientist Heinrich Miller on Antarctica: ‘If anything over last 30 years we have a slight cooling trend’  — Miller: ‘Here almost nothing has changed. At least not near the surface. The average annual temperatures have remained the same. There are of course large fluctuations from year to year. If anything over last 30 years we have a slight cooling trend.
Inconvenient truth: Antarctica sea ice extent growing 1.43% per year  — ‘A paper published today in Journal of Climate examines the trend of sea ice extent along the East Antarctic coast from 2000 to 2008 and finds a significant increase of 1.43% per year’
Antarctica sea ice shows accelerating increase over past 30 years: ‘Journal Climate Dynamics finds ‘Antarctic sea ice extent shows an increased trend during 1979–2009′  – ‘…with a trend rate of 1.36 ± 0.43% per decade. Ensemble empirical mode decomposition analysis shows that the rate of the increased trend has been accelerating in the past decade’
Rumors Of Antarctica’s Demise Were Exaggerated: ‘Turns out there hasn’t been any polar amplification after all…Scientist Franzisca Nehring ‘feels global warming hasn’t really affected the ice’  — Nehring: ‘It’s too easy to say that Antarctica is warmed by 1-2 degrees but, I’d infer, that is not really true’
More Blows to Warmists! New Antarctica Research: The IPCC ‘Consensus’ Science Is Turned Topsy-Turvy  — ‘Scientists have been caught completely unaware of the substantial ice growth occurring below Antarctica, in addition to the obvious massive cumulative ice growth on the surface’
Not Global Warming: Winds are Dominant Cause of Greenland and West Antarctic Ice Sheet Losses – October 3, 2008  — Excerpt: Two new studies summarized in a news article in Science magazine point to wind-induced circulation changes in the ocean as the dominant cause of the recent ice losses through the glaciers draining both the Greenland and West Antarctic ice sheets, not ‘global warming.’
2009 Report: Scientists, Data Challenge New Antarctic ‘Warming’ Study: ‘It is hard to make data where none exist’ – Comprehensive Data Round Up Debunks New Antarctic ‘Estimate of Temperature Trends’ 
For more on Antarctica go here .
Gore/Antarctica links below:
Who is in Antarctica with Al Gore? Here is the list: Maggie L. Fox; Jill Bolte-Taylor; James Hansen; Kevin Trenberth; Hasan Mahmud; Richard Branson; Holly Branson;  Sam Branson; Joan Templeman; Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson; Dorrit Moussaieff; James Cameron; Ted Turner; Christiana Figures; Tokyo Sexwale; Yao Tandong; Rosina Bierbaum; Judith Rodin; Juanita Constible; Petter Stordalen; Gunhild A. Stordalen; Sven Lindblad;
Sir Richard Branson goes full on stupid in Antarctica: Branson: ‘The good news is we now know how to heat up the world. We just release an excess of carbon into it’  ‘So any time we’re heading to an ice age again that is what we can do to stop it’
Gore Effect strikes again! Below normal temps awaits Gore, NASA’s Hansen & UN IPCC’s Trenberth for trip to Antarctica – ‘Al [Gore], James [Hansen] and Kevin [Trenberth] are headed to the Antarctic summer, to showcase melting winter ice. Temperatures in Antarctica have been consistently running about 10C below normal for several weeks’ (For more on ‘Gore Effect’ see here .)
Gore to travel to Antarctica with NASA’s Hansen & IPCC’s Trenberth ‘where sea ice has been steadily increasing for 30 years’ & ‘temps declining’ — Gore will attempt to showcase melting ice!?  – ‘Given that nobody lives in Antarctica, that sea ice is increasing there, and that temperatures are declining –one might question how anyone there is being impacted by melting ice’